Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in La-Motte-d'Aigues - Slow Provence -A Real Gem
Welcoming, Artisan Provencal house, 5 Bedrooms, 5 and 1/2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)
PERFECT LOCATION, AMAZING SURROUNDINGS, STUNNING HOME.....
From the moment you cross the threshold and enter the grand salon of this historical monument -- now our home, you're transported to a way of life rare to find anymore.
The soaring beamed ceilings, the 7 foot wood burning fireplace greet you and your friends with warmth, charm and tres chic comfort.
As you enter the grand salon and dining area, you'll rest in sumptuous sofas and chairs from Roche Bobois.
Their collection Les Provinciales is rarely seen in the USA, but here in France it's a combination of comfort, ease and elegance.
The large Samsung flat screen TV beams in programming from the BBC, NBC, Bloomberg and dozens of channels from the UK.
Tucked in a 'petit coin' just off the living room is a spectacular 3 story open atrium. Originally part of the barn structure, it's now housing a dramatic 7 foot long fountain, seating for coffee + petit dejeuner or on a warm summers' night a glass of cool rose under the stars.
Glance skyward and you'll see the original beams which housed the various floors of the barn, including a hayloft. All that's left now is an open view of the non stop Provencal sky -- true blue.
Why our home?
Each and every year we invest in the upkeep and remodeling of the home. That means new linens, pillows, upgraded wifi, new cookware and so on.
Enjoy the robust, luxurious seasons of Provence. Our village offers the best of artisanal experiences. Savor flavors that will take your breath away. Hike the hills of the Luberon, sample local goat cheese, visit olive oil artisans, and experience markets full of fresh flavors, foods and excitement. The vineyards tell the ever changing stories as seasons shift. Striking colors, flavors and the scents make our corner of Provence and particularly our village a memorable experience. If shopping is your hobby, everyday is a 'shop-ortunity' in Provence. Cultural visits to Avignon, Aix en Provence and Roman ruin are easily managed from our central location.
Our home is the perfect respite from the stresses of the office and 'back home.'
Featured in the French magazine; Maison et Decors, our home is an official historic monument. However -- it's not a museum nor stuffy.
All aspects of its' appearance are under the watchful eye of our Mairie. After the French revolution, Ansouis remained 'loyal' to the royals. Our home was the local meeting place and headquarters for those in favor of the new Republique.
If you enjoyed the film 'A Good Year,' you'll find yourself walking in the footsteps of Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard as many scenes were filmed in neighboring villages. in fact, several of our friends and neighbors were extras in the film.
'French Kiss' with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline shot several key scenes in a nearby vineyard.
The beauty of the Luberon and our local villages are featured in these movies, and now you can experience the same.
We have airconditioning systems on each floor of the house to take the heat off those sunny and warm Provencal days.
We keep our place up -- Each and every year, we put every dollar back into refurbishing, renovating and keeping the house in good working order. This means new Grohe plumbing fixtures, new toilets, baths, renovated kitchen (for which my French friends asked Why?) Well the answer is that I travel non stop for work, and I want to make my home better every time. Maybe it's crazy, but I'm dedicated to continual improvements and so YOU HAVE A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO STAY -- along US Standards.
You'll sleep on top quality mattresses, with sheets from the USA, Pillows from the USA, Wifi throughout the house, dinnerware from Crate and Barrel, and so on.
The house decorated in easy, casual chic. My culinary background and work for a former Food Network and current Michelin chef in the USA, means that our kitchen is fully loaded. It is perfect for cooking great meals with friends. ... 5 unique bedrooms, all with American size towels and 400+ thread count luxury linens. Our beds are high quality - dream beds with anti allergy covers.
Need to be connected? We have satellite tv with CNN, CNBC, BBC, etc. We've installed a permanent 'internet' center with free DSL, and a USA laptop/keyboard. The laptop is Skype enabled for free calls 'skype to skype.' We even have iPod docking stations and chargers.
Wifi is free, secure and log on information is provided.
Hungry, but too tired to cook? You can directly work with a private chef whom will come to the house, or deliver prepared meals directly to the kitchen door.
This is a big roomy house, with 3 levels, and lots of airy rooms, and high ceilings. King and Queen size (comfortable) beds. Nooks and alcoves to read, and nap in. There's plenty of private space for your group - so that friends and family aren't tripping over each other.......
...Upstairs there is a Large Roof terrace with outdoor dining and BBQ, and mini prep kitchen. Living room is superb, with a 7 foot wood burning fireplace!.... On the ground floor we have an small Private garden with breakfast table - the perfect place for your cafe creme and croissant with the blue Provencal sky peeking over you......inside there is large marble dining table for dinner parties.
Ansouis (An-Swee) is officially classified as One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France.
Less than 45 minutes to Isle sur sorgue, 25 min to Aix en Provence, Apt, less than one hour to Cassis, Marseille, Avignon, and Arles. Day trip to the Camarque or Cote D'azur, visit the wineries at Chateauneuf du Pape and Cote du Rhone! Hike, Bike, Hot air balloon, visit boutique wineries, dine in the Michelin star restaurants which are in our area...........
Swimming?........Join the locals and go for a refreshing swim in our nearby fresh water lake - Etang de la Bonde -- it's clear spring water, and a 5 minute drive from the house.
Everything is here in our little village, and at night it's peaceful and quiet. You can walk 2 minutes to the new 'hot restaurant' La Closerie, where a certain author (his latest book was made into the feature film referenced above) dines regularly or drive 10 minutes to Lourmarin for a variety of dining - from cafe casual to Michelin star. It takes 30 seconds (if you walk really slowly) to get to our Boulangerie! The chocolate croissants are sinful.
Our house is the perfect haven to de-stress, and immerse yourself in AUTHENTIC French village life. In many ways you will feel you've returned to a lost era.
We are always available to answer any questions and to help you plan itineraries and steer you in the right direction for a fun vacation.
PRICING: VERY IMPORTANT! We quote US Dollar rates -- that ensures that when you book the price you pay doesn't increase by the time of your final payment due to currency fluctuation. Pay in Euros and you're risking a rate hike by the time you pay your closing costs.
FROM RECENT GUESTS:
'Just wanted to let you know that we had an amazing time at your place in Ansouis. Picture-perfect, the village and your place. We will recommend it to our close friends and family. We are also thinking of visiting again next year in July!' Mrs. H. ................
'Hello Barbara! We all wanted to say a big 'Thank You!' for making your beautiful home available! We had a wonderful time and can't wait to visit again! Provence is spectacular! As an artist, an oil painter, I was definitely inspired.' - Nancy C.............
'Your house has a lovely warm authentic feel with many original features. stunning village with lovely walks in picturesque surroundings. spacious rooms of plenty all with lovely en-suites. We loved our stay!' Gail, Liverpool, UK ..
so warm, so user friendly and so convenient to everything.Had a great time. Look forward to going back.' M.S., NY
WE GIVE BACK ~ Each year we donate stays at our house for fundraising for organizations such as;
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Keywords: Village house, historic,enchanting, rustic, romantic
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
I grew up in New York, and have worked all over the world. My loves are nature, food, bicycling, writing, cooking, decorating, meeting people and enjoying life!
Originally I had planned to live in Italy. Then by sheer luck I was fortunate to visit the Luberon. It was love at first sight.
My home is a labour of love. When you walk in the front door you'll be transported to a way of life that is cherished. We know you will love our home as well. Our fan mail from clients is wonderful and it's very rewarding to share a week or two of this magical place with you!
I've worked in restaurants, trained as an artisan baker and have spent decades in culinary and housewares business. If home is where the heart is, then this is my 'Couer'
My home is a place of transformation for me, my family and our friends. It's furnished to be cozy, comfortable and have all the modern technology you need.
Slow down -- really slow down your life and recharge yourself in Ansouis.
A la prochaine et tres bientot,
Barbs SKYPE: slowprovence
Barbs purchased this house in 2000
Why Barbs chose La-Motte-d'Aigues
Actually, this house chose me.....After a long hike I caught my breathe on the corner of Place Des Hotes where the house is. that was it, I saw the house, and somehow (yes like in the movies) I wound up owning it less than 3 months later....I love this village because it is truly authentic, pristine and not over run with postcard shops and retailers. Ansouis is a village where you can walk the streets at night, close your eyes and go back in time hundreds of years.
Ansouis has a profound effect on people. You will literally be swept off of your feet with its charm.
What makes this house unique
I think about your stay with YOU IN MIND. What comforts are you looking for? Is the bed comfortable? Do you have the right cookware for the delicious meal you'll create after visiting the markets?
Can you check in on CNN and see what's going on in the world -- just in case. Do you have free calls back to the USA?
In my house, the answer is QUI!
We are in the center of the village. Our life here is as we were in the center of a charming French film and the characters are walking by, baguette tucked under their arm with their trusted chiens by their side...I love sitting up on the terrace at night and watching the stars come out. As our friends say: sit back and watch nature put on a show.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We had an absolutely wonderful time at Chez Westfield. Everything was perfect - the house, the village, le Closerie. Even the weather was perfect for the whole week. We especially enjoyed the roof garden at night, with our tea lights and our wine. Helen prepared an outstanding dinner for us, and our final evening dinner at le Closerie was ideal. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us.
I inadvertently took home your Michelin map. I have the same one and when I emptied my suitcase,